Pochettino delighted by Lamela form

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Erik Lamela is finally showing his real talent after two difficult seasons at the club.

The winger joined Spurs for a club-record £30million fee in 2013, but has struggled to make an impact on the first team.

However, the Argentine playmaker earned the man of the match award in Tottenham's 4-1 win over Manchester City last weekend, and followed that up with another goal against Monaco in the Europa League in midweek.

"You know he has the potential, but the last two seasons were difficult for him," Pochettino said in a press conference ahead of their trip to Wales to take on Swansea in the Premier League on Sunday. "It is good for him and good for us that he is starting to show his real talent and his real quality.

"Always you need time and in football sometimes it is difficult to find the time to give the player, because always we expect quick and positive results from the player. We know this season is very important for him because it is true – after two seasons he needs to show his real quality.

"Right now in his mind he is ready to deliver and I think that we can only help him to give an opportunity to show.

"Zinedine Zidane arrived at Madrid in his first season and the supporters blamed him. He found it difficult and he was Zidane.

"Lamela is still young, 22 or 23, and sometimes you need to create a good dynamic in the team and around the training ground to help some players. He has come from Italy, he is Argentinian, he has no good English and it is difficult to settle in a different culture and a different team with a different style of football."

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